All Bar Bar One has introduced four new vegan dishes as part of Wellness Wednesday 2-4-1, Abokado has got into poke, while PizzaExpress is hoping more veggie options will continue to drive sales growth now that a third of its pizzas are meatless.

All Bar One has introduced four new vegan dishes as part of a Wellness Wednesday 2-4-1 aimed at making healthy dishes accessible to everyone.

Supergreen noodle laksa, a combination of pak choi, spinach and beansprouts, vermicelli noodles and spiced coconut sauce; the power of five, a pan-fried medley of greens, butternut squash, aubergine, mushroom and peppers in a toasted sesame and miso sauce topped with a rice noodle cracker; avocado and black rice salad and moroccan squash salad are among the creations that have been developed for the operator by nutritionist sarah jackson.

The move comes after All Bar One saw a 50% increase in the number of dishes sold from their Veganuary menu this year.

London’s healthy eating chain Abokado has unveiled three ‘refreshed’ summer poke bowls, six vitality salads along with new dressings and the same number of cold-pressed raw fruits and vegetable juices as well as a dairy free almond and banana smoothie.

Poached eggs, hot smoked salmon, feta cheese, beetroot falafels and root vegetables have also made an appearance.

PizzaExpress is also widening the options available for those with alternative diets.

Its vegan giardiniera pizza has been added to the brand’s lighter leggera range and has just 491 calories, while a vegetarian and gluten-free artichoke and spinach risotto can also be purchased.

Other non-vegetarian options on the limited-edition summer menu include a prawn and tomato seafood starter and two meat-themed Romana pizzas: quattro carni Romana – featuring salami and pancetta, and barbacoa Romana – a spicy option topped with pulled beef and spicy chipotle salsa as well as the return of the ‘popular’ pollo Milanese, a classic chicken breaded escalope.

A PizzaExpress spokeswoman said: ”Results show that sales across both the delivery and restaurant arms of PizzaExpress have increased thanks to the availability of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free variants which are proving a hit with the UK’s 3.5 million vegans, but also the 22 million ‘flexitarians’ looking to reduce their meat consumption.

“With a third of pizzas sold in our restaurants now vegetarian we wanted to launch a menu that provided our customers with a range of dishes that met their desires this Summer.”

Casual dining steakhouse CAU has also debuted some vegetarian dishes alongside new meat-based options.

Mains include gnocchi arrabiata, potato gnocchi in a tomato, fresh chilli & garlic sauce with mozzarella, herb oil & crispy lemon & herb breadcrumbs, and a breaded sweet potato and mozzarella veggie burger, while a hand-made flatbread with a choice of three toppings: goat’s cheese & salted onion; chorizo, mozzarella & parmesan or crab, and mango salsa & herb oil also appears as a new starter.

Girish Srikantha, a menu data analyst for MCA, said people were becoming ‘more responsible’ in terms of health and animal welfare with lower red meat consumption and a growing interest in vegetarian and vegan diets.

“Veganism is moving into the mainstream with chain restaurant and food to go outlets adapting quickly to the rise in plant-based diets with ASK Italian, Wagamama and Zizzi offering a separate vegan menu and an increased vegan product range at M&S and Pret,” he said.

“Our figures from our latest Menu & Food Trends report show a 237% increase in vegan products from 73 to 173 dishes this year from a consistent set of 31 leading chain restaurants, managed pub/bars and fast food brands.”

The annual veganuary campaign, Srikantha added, had partly contributed to growing trend.

He also noted that operator were showing restraint in putting up the prices of summer menus in light of a slowdown in wage growth.